Mountain Bike Map Racing is a “Navigation Sport” that has elements of a few other sports and activities like Mountain Biking, Orienteering and Geo Caching. More specifically, Mountain Bike Map Racing is a time-based challenge, 1.5 hours or more in length, where participants try to score as many points as possible within the time allowed, by visiting checkpoints scattered across a vast, wild trail network. Participants decide which checkpoints to visit, and in what order. Typically, a set time is allowed before the start for participants to study the map, and determine their route. Participants ride their bikes and navigate their chosen route using the map and a compass (No GPS allowed except for recording your track). A late finish comes with point penalties, adding another layer of challenge to the sport. Checkpoints have different point values, so that easy ones yield a lower point value than difficult (far away, or lots of climb) ones. To encourage beginners, course setters typically provide plenty of easy checkpoints near the start and finish location.